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COURTS   OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,   ETC*                  69

great strictness; but, in my opinion, the elder pages
have too much power over the younger ones, who
are treated like fags at Eton. I had an audience
of the Queen two days ago; she is very much
altered and has lost all her brilliancy of look.
She was more gracious than ever, and said,
"Vous arrives dans un mauvais moment, chere
Madame Swinburne. Vous ne me trouverez point
gaie; j'ai beaucoup sur le coeur."

She is very low-spirited and uneasy about her
son, who, by all accounts, lies dangerously ill, and
is not likely to recover. She inquired kindly after
all our family, and assured me she should con-
sider Harry as under her care, and also spoke
of our business, which Madame Campan had
told her was my reason for now returning to

"Je crains," said she, "que dans ce moment
je ne pourrai vous fetre d'aucune utilit6; mais si
les terns deviennent meilleurs, vous savez que je
n'oublie jamais mes amis."

Apropos of that, I find it was by her desire
that the Lucernes have shown us so much atten-

The whole tenor of her conversation was
melancholy, but she said little about public
affairs; her child's illness seemed uppermost in